Dec. 2, 2011
Washington State University men's basketball (3-4) continues its homestand as it hosts Eastern Washington (4-2), Saturday, Dec. 3 at Beasley Coliseum at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ROOT NW as Rich Burk and Francis Williams have the call along with Jen Mueller. The game is also available on the Cougar Radio Network with Bud Nameck's call. Please see the list of affiliates on page one of today's notes for more information.
COUGS AGAINST THE EAGLES:
Saturday's matchup is the 65th all-time between the Cougars and the Eagles, with WSU holding a 53-11 lead in the series.
Third year WSU head coach Ken Bone is 5-5 all-time against EWU, after going 4-5 as head coach at Portland State.
The teams last met Nov. 16, 2009, resulting in a 67-61 WSU victory.
In the last meeting Klay Thompson led all scorers with 24 points.
DeAngelo Casto attempted a career-high 16 field goals, finishing with 16 points.
After scoring 20 in the season opener against Portland, EWU's Benny Valentine was held to five points (two of them from the free throw line...was 1-for-7 from the field).
Nov. 9, 2007 the Cougars faced the Eagles for the first time since 1998...the 2007 matchup saw the Cougars win 68-41 in Pullman.
During the 1997-96 season, Eastern snapped a 17-game losing streak to Washington State with an 83-82 victory in Kennewick, Wash., Dec. 22, 1997.
The Cougar loss snapped their winning streak which stretched back to 1952.
The teams first met Jan. 14, 1907 in Pullman, as the Cougars won, 16-10.
WSU AGAINST THE BIG SKY:
WSU holds a 178-38 record against current members of the Big Sky Conference.
Northern Colorado is the only current Big Sky member that WSU has never faced.
The Cougars have a winning record against every Big Sky team they've faced and are undefeated against Northern Arizona (3-0), Portland State (7-0) and Weber State (1-0).
Of the 226 games against members of the Big Sky Conference, 107 of them have come against Montana.
WSU's Ken Bone, former head coach at Big Sky member Portland State, holds a 5-5 record against the Eagles.
This is the second Big Sky school the Cougars will play this season after defeating Sacramento State Nov. 17.
ABOUT THE COUGARS:
Washington State is 3-4 on the season, 2-0 at home, 1-1 on the road and 0-3 in neutral-site games.
Senior Faisal Aden leads the team with 16.3 points per game and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in points per game.
Junior Brock Motum is second on the team and tied for ninth in the Pac-12 in points per game with 14.6...he's leading the team with 7.4 rebounds per game, tying for seventh in the league.
Aden and Motum are the only two Cougars to score in double figures in all six games this season.
Motum has led WSU in rebounding in all but one game this season.
Freshman DaVonté Lacy has reached double figures in four of the Cougars' first seven games (including first three games) and is averaging 10.0 points per game.
Junior Reggie Moore is dishing out a Pac-12 best 5.7 assists per game...he is tied for 42nd in the country in assists per game.
Redshirt senior Abe Lodwick has not played this season...as of Nov. 18 he was scheduled to miss 3-5 weeks due to a fracture in his left foot.
Redshirt junior Mike Ladd missed WSU's games against UC Riverside and Grambling State with a sprained thumb.
WSU defeated Grambling State, 60-37, Wednesday at Beasley Coliseum.
Brock Motum recorded the first double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Faisal Aden led all scorers with 12 points and has scored in double figures in all seven games this season.
Motum has also scored in double figures in all seven games this season.
Charlie Enquist tied his career high of eight points and set a career high with six rebounds...his 23 minutes played were two shy of his career high.
Patrick Simon doubled his points scored this season with eight on a season-high two 3-pointers.
Reggie Moore had seven assists and has dished out five or more assists in four of the last five games.
WSU's 32 point victory marked its largest lead of the season.
WSU scored 28 of its 69 points in the paint and got 28 from the bench.
Washington State improved to 15-0 all-time against current members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
PERFECT AT FRIEL IN NOVEMBER:
With its win over Grambling State Nov. 30, WSU improved to 42-0 all-time in the month of November at Friel Court.
The Cougars have won 42-straight November games in Pullman and are 44-1 (the loss came before the Cougars moved into Beasley Coliseum).
WSU's only loss in Pullman in November came against Colorado State, Nov., 30, 1962, by a score of 77-47.
Ken Bone IN HIS THIRD SEASON:
WSU head coach Ken Bone holds a 41-32 record in his third season in 2011-12, and already has more wins than eight previous Cougar men's basketball coaches, six of which coached at least two seasons.
Last season Bone led WSU to an NIT postseason appearance, making him the third-fastest Cougar coach to reach a postseason tournament.
He also has more wins than two of the last three head coaches, five more than Dick Bennett (2003-06, 36-49) and 10 more than four-year head coach Paul Graham (2000-03, 31-79).
CAPERS ON PACE FOR GAMES PLAYED RECORD:
Senior Marcus Capers has played 105 games in his WSU career, while the school record is 127 games played set by George Hamilton in 1945 and 47-49.
Given Capers plays in all the team's games this season, he will play in his 127th game March 1 at UCLA and his record-setting 128th game in WSU's regular season finale, March 3 at USC.
WASHINGTON STATE APPROACHING 1,500 WINS:
In Washington State's 109 years of basketball, it has compiled 1,498 wins, needing just two more wins in the 2011-12 season to reach the 1,500-win plateau.
The Cougars are 1,498-1,371 all-time for a .522 win percentage.
COUGARS PICKED TIED FOR 10TH IN PRESEASON PAC-12 POLL:
Washington State was picked to tie with Colorado for 10th place (119 points) in the inaugural Pac-12 preseason media poll released by the league at the conference's media day in Los Angeles, Friday, Oct. 28.
The poll had UCLA finishing first with 14 of the 38 first-place votes and 421 points.
California was chosen second with 13 first-place votes and 405 points, followed closely by Arizona with 11 first-place votes and 404 overall points. Washington (fourth, 355), Oregon (fifth, 282), Stanford (sixth, 255), USC (seventh, 194), Oregon State (eighth, 188), Arizona State (ninth, 148), Colorado (t-10th, 119 points) and Utah (12th, 74) rounded out the poll.
BASKETBALL GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY:
The Cougars spent the majority of the summer and fall of 2011 giving back to the community, participating in various community service activities.
In June the team held three camps, including a day camp for kids ages 8-14.
In July members of the Cougar basketball team participated in Palouse Habitat for Humanity and Pullman Learning Center's sports week and in August the team made appearances at the Lentil Festival's street fair and parade.
The entire team spent time before the Cougars' Sept. 10 football game, signing autographs as part of `family day.'
Members of the team visited the senior center Sept. 16., the team held a free Kids' Clinic Oct. 1, members of the team helped with the YMCA's Keys to Success event and several Cougars have visited Jefferson Elementary, helping out in a second-grade classroom.
THOMPSON AND CASTO LEAVE EARLY TO PURSUE PROFESSIONAL CAREERS:
DeAngelo Casto and Klay Thompson both opted out of their senior seasons at Washington State to play basketball at the professional level following the 2010-11 season.
Thompson was drafted as the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to the Golden State Warriors (the highest NBA Draft pick in WSU history), while Casto signed a one-year contract to play with Antalya BSB in the Turkish Basketball League.
Casto ranked eighth in the Pac-10 with 6.8 rebounds per game during 2010-11.
Thompson led the Cougars and the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the country with 21.6 points per game while setting the school record with 733 points during his junior season.
COUGARS RETURN THREE STARTERS; FIVE OF TOP SEVEN SCORERS:
WSU welcomes back three starters and seven letterwinners from the Cougars' 2010-11 team.
Marcus Capers, Abe Lodwick, and Reggie Moore appeared in the starting lineup during the majority of last season, en route to a 22-13 finish and a semifinal appearance in the NIT.
Senior Faisal Aden, who started nine games as a junior, is the team's returning scorer after averaging 12.7 points per game in his first year with the squad.
Moore was fourth on the team with 9.1 points per game, including 10.1 in conference play.
WSU REACHES NIT SEMIFINALS IN NEW YORK:
For the 11th time in school history, the Cougars made a postseason appearance as they claimed a second-seed berth in the 2011 National Invitation Tournament.
The NIT appearance marked the fifth in school history and the second in the past three seasons.
WSU defeated Long Beach State, Oklahoma State, and Northwestern to advance to the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but fell to Wichita State, 75-44, in the semifinals.
The Cougars set a school record with three postseason victories (3-1), while going the furthest in the NIT in school history.
WSU also became just the sixth Pac-10 team to advance to the semifinals and the first since Oregon went to New York in 2004.
WASHINGTON STATE ATHLETICS' REBRANDING:
Updates to the basketball practice facility were completed this summer as part of WSU Athletics' branding master plan.
The gym, located in the P.E. Building between Bohler Gym and Smith Gym, is now easily recognizable with the WSU logo painted on one set of doors and Cougars on the other.
Paint, including the WSU fight song, and photos were also added, along with changes to reflect the newly formed Pac-12.
BEASLEY COLISEUM GETS NEW SCOREBOARD:
The addition of the center-hung scoreboard in Beasley Coliseum, home of WSU men's and women's basketball teams, has been completed and is ready for use in the 2011-12 season.
Washington State completed the project in conjunction with Daktronics, Inc. of Brookings, S.D.
The new center-hung display features four LED video displays, each measuring 11 feet high by 15 feet wide.
With 10 millimeter line spacing, these displays will incorporate clarity and contrast of video images with the capability to present live and recorded video.
The displays are also capable of showing custom animations, vivid graphics, up-to-the minute statistics, player highlights and in-game advertising from sponsors.